05 Sep 2014

A Zero Emissions Manifesto for the Climate Justice Movement

Cross-posted with EcoWatch & co-authored by Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. “Zero emissions is an ambitious but achievable goal.” –UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Zero has become the most important number for humanity. Why? Any chance of stabilizing the climate hinges on transitioning to zero greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as humanly

31 Jul 2014

As Keystone XL Dominoes Fall, Time to Arrest Tar Sands Industry

We’ve got this. Thanks to the courageous and indefatigable efforts of pipeline fighters everywhere, the tide has finally turned on Keystone XL. As it becomes increasingly clear that Keystone XL’s northern leg is not going through, it is time to set our sights on ending all tar sands exploitation. The

20 Apr 2014

‘Moccasins on the Ground’ Aims to Shield People from ‘Black Venom’ of Keystone XL

Cross-posted with Common Dreams First Nations people started the Keystone XL fight in the U.S. by waking up the world to the survival threats posed by Canada’s poisonous tar sands mining. Indigenous leaders now vow to end the Keystone XL fight by vanquishing, once and for all, the northern leg

04 Mar 2014

Climate Youth Lead #XLDISSENT Civil Resistance to Ensure Our Civil Existence

  Cross-posted with The Huffington Post More than a thousand climate youth leaders and allies converged on Washington, DC this weekend for the largest student-led civil resistance action at the White House in a generation. They came to register their dissent against extreme fossil fuel exploitation and to demand that

19 Jan 2014

Going to Jail on MLK’s B-Day to Stop Keystone XL South: “The Fierce Urgency of Now”

Cross-posted with EcoWatch You wouldn’t know it from the lack of focus and attention by the environmental establishment, but the 485-mile southern leg of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has been built, is being filled and is scheduled to start up on Jan. 22. Front line reports from landowners

18 Jan 2014

Urgent Request to Stop Southern Leg of Keystone XL Pipeline Ignored by White House

Cross-posted with EcoWatch [The following letter was sent to the White House on Dec. 10 at the invitation of President Obama’s Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett. This urgent request from embattled Texas landowners for a face-to-face meeting with the president has so far been ignored. TransCanada has announced plans to bring

18 Sep 2013

If Movement Fails to Draw the Line Against Keystone XL in TX & OK, We All Flunk the Climate Test

Cross-posted with EcoWatch I had a chance to read FAIL: How the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Flunks the Climate Test, a recent report issued by the Sierra Club and Oil Change International and endorsed by a dozen other environmental organizations. The 17-page report makes a rock solid case that

16 Sep 2013

Boulder’s 100-Year Flood & Weather Weirding

Cross-posted with The Huffington Post I have lived in Boulder for nearly 30 years and have never seen anything — weatherwise — like what I’ve witnessed these past two years. Last summer, standing in the front yard of my friends’ home in east Boulder, I watched pine trees near the iconic

12 Aug 2013

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan: Not Even Close

Cross-posted with EcoWatch In June, after more than four years as president, President Obama finally proposed a climate action plan for America. True to form, the president gave an eloquent speech, with strong words for those still in denial about the severity of the crisis we face: “We don’t have time for

03 Jun 2013

The Keystone XL Shuffle

Cross-posted with EcoWatch For the past year, most blog posts, action alerts and appeals to “Stop Keystone XL,” “Reject Keystone XL,” “Fight Keystone XL” and “Resist Keystone XL” have focused on blocking the pipeline’s northern leg, while ignoring President Obama’s support for the 485-mile southern segment. During this time, TransCanada has